New support for domestic violence victims from September

Safer Pathway, a program supporting victims of domestic violence will be rolled out across the Mid-North Coast Local Area Command (LAC) from September this year.

Making the announcement while on the Mid North Coast, the Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, Pru Goward said Safer Pathway aimed to ensure domestic violence victims received a consistent and effective response.

“Victims will have easier access to the services they need. They will no longer have to re-tell their story to a multitude of government agencies,” Ms Goward said.

Safer Pathway brings together local agency representatives to create a streamlined, integrated referral pathway for victims who are at threat to their health or safety.

The NSW Government has committed $53 million over four years to expand Safer Pathway state-wide, with 21 new locations rolled out in 2016-17.

The Member for Oxley, Melinda Pavey, said the roll-out was a major step forward in dealing with the scourge of domestic violence.

“People experiencing domestic and family violence will receive tailored, multi-agency support,” Mrs Pavey said.

“Safer Pathway will change how domestic violence is managed in our community. The tailored support that this program will provide is crucial,” Mrs Pavey said.

The agencies involved in Safer Pathways  include: Police, Health, Corrections, Family and Community Services, and Education, along with local specialist non-government domestic and family violence services.